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Emma

Emma's favourite place to read is at the top of a really tall tree, with a really nice view, and a light breeze.

About Emma

What book do you wish everyone would read and why?

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – It’s such a classic, and I find myself truly envious of the characters and the opportunities they have, such as the chance to sail to ‘desert islands’ and go to war with pirates. I’d like everyone to read it simply for the beauty of the lives that you witness as the story develops; it makes you realise the importance of freedom, and how sometimes letting our imaginations control our decisions is much better than cramming for exams 24/7.

Who are your favourite authors?

  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Marcus Sedgwick

Where is your favourite place to find books?

I mostly find my books in Waterstones, because the choice is endless and the covers are usually really pretty (if I buy books, they MUST be beautiful, or, at the very least, charmingly ugly), and also charity shops, because I have a weakness for worn-down books that just smell of history and adventures. I find books in charity shops that I never would have known existed otherwise, and I think it really expands the types of stories I get to experience.

What do you love most about living in Nottingham?

There are so many things! Poetry competitions and sports clubs, you can spend a full day just going from one charity shop to another, spend hours in Waterstones, etc. There are so many dance performances available at the theatres in or near to the City Centre as well, as well as all sorts of artistic workshops to take part in. So... overall, I really enjoy the Nottingham experiences.

What are your hopes for the project?

I definitely hope that I can encourage other people to extend their reading material, but for me, it’s also about building my own self-confidence. I want to feel like I am able to give my own opinions to people and know that they’ll be valued. Regarding my opinions, I hope that I can provide a unique viewpoint on different pieces of literature, and maybe make some book suggestions to other young people that might not have considered reading before.

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